I’m exhausted. It’s too cold. It’s too dark. It’s rainy. I’m sleepy. I’m sick. I’m not in the mood.
We all have our excuses to validate missing a workout. When you do miss a session you might be surprised to discover that what trips you up is more mental strength than physical. Runner’s World “Get Over It – Too tired, stressed, or hungry to run? Here’s how to overcome these common obstacles.”
A few snippets from the article:
Adjust your running clock: during dark winter months, try getting dressed in a bright room instead of fumbling around for your clothes in the dark. “When light hits your eyes, it signals your pineal gland to stop producing melatonin, a hormone that makes you feel sleepy.”
Late-day roadblock: blood sugar dip combined with mental fatigue can leave you feeling anything but peppy. “Don’t confuse mental fatigue with physical fatigue…it’s your mind—not your body—that craves downtime. And running is the perfect antidote.”
Listen up evening runners: if you’ve recently switched to the morning because of other commitments, give the transition some time and know that you might not have your best runs at first. “Switching your workout routine may make you feel like you’re recovering from jet lag on a run. But your body will adapt to the new schedule.”
This article was written for me:) This week I’m going to stay focused on fighting the late-day roadblock. Build a bridge and get over it. You can read the full article from Runner’s World here.